"Do you speak Spanish in school?"
Translation:¿Hablas español en la escuela?
It makes sense, but read again what Quentin explained.
You won't say "en escuela" in Spanish, as the rules are not the same in English and in Spanish. In Spanish, you sound unnatural with a singular noun (and with a preposition), without an article.
It's the same in the other Romance languages, Spanish is not the exception.
In French, for instance , "à l'école.
literally in the school, to mean "at school".
It's considered "one" specific school, the school you are attending, you don't attend any school in the universe, so it's a specific one.
It would appear that from what I have seen, experienced and read, if the word is being used as a noun it has a "prefix" ie: la, de, el and so on. If the word is being used to describe such as an adjective, no "prefix" is used and it would be grammatically incorrect. That is just how Spanish is in general.
Blue Skies doesn't mean a particular school here, but was meaning "at school" (instead of "in school" that is not idiomatic in English)
English is not Spanish. Spanish considers that "la" means the school you attend.
- In the school = en la escuela (you mentioned a particular school.
This city has a bar and a school, I work in the school.
Trabajo en la escuela.
- At school: en la escuela.
I study Spanish at school = en la escuela (implied the school I attend)
- In a school: en una escuela.
She taught Spanish in an expensive school, in New York.
There's nothing like "en escuela" in Spanish.
Unless you mean "an indefinite quantity of something", "some", you need an article in Spanish.
(For instance, Bebo leche, doesn't use an article)
It doesn't mean a particular school. It's the translation of "at school", meaning in the school you attend, so Spanish use the expression "en la escuela", and it makes sense, considering you talk about the school you are attending.
Spanish and English use different construction, to mean the same thing.
Note that, with a different context, it could be a specified school. There's a bar and a school in my town, but I prefer to be in the school. = here specified building.
En la escuela in Spanish, and in the school in English.
Here's a link that helped me clarify rules for using Spanish articles: https://www.thoughtco.com/use-and-omission-of-definite-article-3078144
I understand that this is a rule, but dont try and confuse me...if someone said "I'm going to store" i would know exactly what they were saying...the point of the app is to learn to speak the language...the translation of this to me is "Do you speak Spanish in THE school?" I have been corrected numerous times in this app about this very thing...example "translate school"...if i said "la escuela" this app would count that as a wrong answer and say that school is "escuela" and "la escuela" is "the school" furthermore...they cannot be confused with "una escuela" which is "a school" which i suspect would have earned an incorrect notification as well...